Marcus, Irving "Brick" : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Marcus, Irving "Brick"

Irving H. Marcus

A halfback at the University of California in the late-1920s, Marcus was a cousin (and teammate) of three-time Cal All-America Benny Lom.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. June 24, 1905 - d. November 1979

Career Highlights:
In 1926, Marcus played mostly as a backup for the Golden Bears. In the second game of the season, he scored on a short run against the Olympic Club in Cal's 32-0 win; most of the starters had been pulled in the blowout. Cal finished the season with a record of 3-6-0. Entering the final game of the 19127 season, the team had a record of 6-3-0. In that game against Penn, Marcus scored a touchdown on a 55-yard run and then scored near the end of the game to cap off Cal's 27-13 victory.

The following year, the Golden Bears had a record of 6-1-2 and went to the Rose Bowl. They lost to Georgia Tech, 8-7, in a game known for Roy "Wrong Way" Reigels' recovering a fumble, getting turned around, and running towards his own goal line (see Lom's entry). Marcus played for the West in the 1929 East-West Shrine Game.


Career Dates:
Marcus played halfback at the University of California from 1926-1928.

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